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General Practice Referral to Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS)

(written by: Kate Pilton)

Following a number of successful pilots of referral from GP practices to a community pharmacist around the country, the CPCS service is now being extended to enable all practices in England to refer patients who need a consultation for a minor illness to a community pharmacist, if the patient agrees.

Once live for the service, patients contacting their GP practice are streamed by trained reception staff and using the information gathered, those who are deemed suitable are referred, with their agreement, via a secure message for a same day consultation with a pharmacist. The patient will be offered a choice of local participating pharmacies.

Locally the LMC has been meeting with the Local Pharmacy Committee (LPC) & the CCG to discuss the roll out of this service across Lincolnshire. Currently 96% of pharmacies in Lincolnshire will offer this service. This service is optional for practices to use, but may help to reduce the workload burden with regard to clinicians dealing with minor illnesses.

Engagement events are being held for all GPs and their teams to come together, understand more about the service. There will be feedback from existing GP referral to CPCS pilot sites in Market Harborough and Stoke on Trent on how it has been for them on the ground.

There is no requirement to confirm your attendance if you wish to attend an event.

To join either event please use the links below.